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JMU Athletics Continues To Work With Local Communities

Feb 20, 2014, 10:49 AM EDT

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Over the course of the 2013-14 sports season, there’s been a continued effort made by the James Madison University athletics department and its sports teams to try to connect and impact the local Harrisonburg area communities.

Recently, on top of plenty of other outreach efforts, JMU hosted a spring “Adapted Sports Day” similar to an event that was also held for the first time last fall. A total of 19 members of a group of middle school through college-eligible participants with disabilities witnessed a Dukes’ women’s basketball game, then got a firsthand learning experience of the game of basketball and volleyball through various activities and competition like events.

Members of the JMU volleyball team and other athletics volunteer staffers participated in the day-long experience which helped teach their new 19 friends the values of sports on a collegiate campus, plus, plenty of worthwhile memories.

“It is really moving to see these kids have such a passion for sports even though it may be more difficult for them to participate,” Junior volleyball player Lizzy Briones told, “I am glad we can help be a part of their learning.”

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The James Madison women’s lacrosse team was also busy prior to its start of the upcoming 2014 season, participating in many service activities around the “Burg”.

Highlights included collecting food and clothing items for the Mercy House of Harrisonburg, as well as putting on a lacrosse clinic for the Potomac US Lacrosse chapter. Said assistant coach Samantha Eustace, “Our players really do a standout job and are a part of why [the clinic] was sold out again this year…lacrosse really tries to instill giving back to the sport. It’s something our team is involved in each year.”

To learn more about the Dukes’ women’s lacrosse team and its off the field efforts, click here.